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Choose This Day How You Will Live

We remain personally accountable in life for the choices that we make and the actions that we take. Circumstances and relationships influence us, but they do not determine who we become. The choices we make and the actions we take determine the people we become. We must empathize with others when they hurt. We must not enable others when they refuse to assume responsibilit...

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Picky About Music

From the outset let me make two things clear: I have not always chosen music wisely, and I realize not everyone needs to adopt my philosophy of musical selection. My love for music began at an early age. In middle school and high school it was amplified, not only through becoming a musician, but by being surrounded by people who love music the way I do. My friend and I di...

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2018 Budget

This Sunday night, October 15, at 6 p.m., the Stewardship Committee will present the proposed 2018 budget for First Baptist Church of Weatherford. The budget is the result of the combined recommendations of many committees and staff members. The Stewardship Committee puts together all the projected needs to form the budget. The budget guides spending. James Brown, who serv...

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Everyday Reminders

A very special woman in our family went to be with Jesus in September. We had a graveside service in Edmond to celebrate her life the following week. Paul and I decided that since the kids were already missing school and we were in the metro area it would be a good afternoon to visit the state fair. Our children loved all the animals and won some prizes playing the over-p...

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No Place Like Home

Apartment 1012 in building 110 at Oklahoma Baptist University seemed to be a perfect place to spend the night during the conference I was attending. When I checked in on Monday afternoon, I noticed there was a functional microwave I could use to heat up coffee on the following morning when I woke up early. Breakfast wasn’t scheduled until 7:30. I would need coffee be...

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Don't Wait On Others

One of the things I loved most about working on a college campus was teaching Freshman Orientation classes. It was so fun to be in a classroom that was geared at teaching new college students how to adjust to college life in practical ways. We taught things like study skills, classroom etiquette, time management, how to get involved on campus, money management, etc. In my...

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The Best Is Yet To come

Over sixteen years have passed since I came in view of a call as the pastor of Weatherford’s First Baptist Church. On July 8, 2001, I preached a sermon that must have been fairly well received. The vote was 422 yes and 4 no. That afternoon we walked through the home we now live in and knew God was leading us to move to Weatherford. Still, we slept on it before I call...

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Flip It Over

Caleb was in town so we went out for a family breakfast. I must admit, breakfast may be my favorite meal of the day… if it is past 8 am. Cade ordered pancakes which is typically his standard order from the breakfast menu. The flapjacks, hot off the grill, came to the table inviting a spread of butter to be lathered on and a flood of syrup to overflow the sides like ...

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His Question

His question caught me off guard. We were waiting a few minutes before I performed the wedding ceremony for him and his lovely bride. He had recently joined the church after attending for several months. He knew I spelled my last name with a “ph” instead of a “v” and that I grew up in Hobart. “Was Rex your brother?” “Yes he was. Ho...

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Keep Heaven in God's Perspective

As parents, Sandy and I want to make sure we teach our kids that actions have consequences. When reason allows, we offer them choices. It may sound like, “Right now you have two choices: you can either stop throwing a fit, lay down, and go to sleep, or you can keep throwing a fit and get a consequence (and you’ll still have to go to sleep), which will you choos...

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